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Pursuing the Abundant Christian Life

By Dr. Richard J. Krejcir
Here are Some Thoughts to Consider for the New Year: An abundant Christian life with real meaning and purpose can be had and held. This is about seeking, from God's most precious Word, the right way to...

Here are Some Thoughts to Consider for the New Year:

An abundant Christian life with real meaning and purpose can be had and held. This is about seeking, from God's most precious Word, the right way to proceed into the cruel world of life and relationships so we can make the best and most healthy choices. We must realize that we all need help to come through life not only with the right decisions, but with the tools, character, and ability to make our godly, Christ- centered life work, filled with God's blessings and purpose! Even if we have done life all wrong, so to speak, God can, and will turn it around when our attention becomes focused upon Christ, His precepts, from His Word.

Read John chapters 14:1-6 and 15:1-8; 11-14: Knowing you are Christ's friend and are called to abide in Him:

1. What do you need to do, to be focused upon to build your life on His precepts?
 
 
2. What can you do to live by faith as a verb (action)? Most Christians just "think" about living the Christian life and do not really apply their faith into the reality of their daily life.
 
 
3. Can you benchmark some goals? That is draw up a spiritual action plan for 2004, like a business plan is essential to establish vision and build a business, so is establishing a plan to build your faith.
 
a. What is this plans vision and goal?
 
 
b. How will you accomplish this goal?
 

c. Who will help you be accountable?

 
4. What can you do to see thatthese goals turn to reality and not end up on a piece of paper in the trash?
 
 
5. Consider you cannot change how others treat you, but you can change how you treat and react to how others treat you!
 
a. So how do you treat others?
 
 
b. How do you react to others?
 
 
c. Are these actions inline with the character that Christ calls us too?
 

What should we do?

What do we need to consider and to avoid? For this quest, let us venture into God's most precious Word, and examine the Scriptures carefully to find His Will. Use one of our Bible Reading Plans, and for deeper insights and self study, ask what does this mean, how can I be changed because of these precepts and how will it affect my life if I do and… then do it! The Bible holds the truth for life today, including how to be building a Christ-centered abundant life. If you feel that the Bible is not the paradigm for your faith and practice, or your standard, then you will find yourself disappointed and hurt in life. The perspective we are to have is a desire for what God wants, not what we want. Our focus is to be on Christ, because He has the best plan for us! Our plans will only lead us to make the wrong decisions and miss out on the best opportunities and situations He has for us.

I urge you to start your year off right, seek God's Word and Will by recognizing God's love for you. Read and study His Bible as much as possible. In that way, you will be able to apply Biblical principles to help you decide what is right or wrong in relationships, and in life. Additionally, you can use the principles of His Word to spruce up your daily life, marriage, work or school; you can have a fantastic makeover through self-discovery and character in action in the course of your Bible reading. We can take a look at what we have done wrong, and then correct it by removing our false thinking and behaviors.

So, I challenge you to search the Scriptures and see what is contained in His book. Consider this: without the right attitude and perspective on life, without glorifying God and following His Will, you will not find the real, quality life, love relationships or contentment for your life! You will be taking a big gamble of what you get and forfeit what is priceless and precious.

 
Resolution #48 Resolved, constantly, with the utmost niceness and diligence, and the strictest scrutiny, to be looking into the state of my soul, that I may know whether I have truly an interest in Christ or no; that when I come to die, I may not have any negligence respecting this to repent of (J. Edwards).

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© 2004 Into Thy Word To see more of The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwardsor insights how to build a devotional life go to www.discipleshiptools.org/and www.intothyword.org/
 

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